Friday, October 10, 2014

Pumpkin Soup, Spiderade & Lemon Espresso Martinis

Welcome to Fall and Happy Halloween!!!
Here's the perfect Halloween Dinner!  Just organize your soup, toss it in the oven and go trick or treating!  Then, when you get home dinner will be ready.
I know your kids will love the spiderade and you'll be ready for a pick-me-up Lemon Espresso Martini after taking the kids all around the neighborhood!

Just follow along with the video recipe and you are all set for a night of fun!

Here are the recipes; to print out just copy and paste!

Nothing says fall like pumpkins and nothing says fun like individual pumpkin soups serve with spiderade for the kids and Lemon Espresso Martinis for the grown-ups!

Ingredients for the soup:
4 individual pumpkins cleaned
8 slices bread cut into cubes
4 tablespoons butter divided
2 cloves garlic
½ pound bacon
4 Tablespoons Pepper Jelly
4 onions thinly sliced
4 tablespoons olive oil divided
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup grated parmesan

Caramelize onions in 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter
Divide onions between the 4 pumpkins
Fill pumpkins with hot chicken stock and replace tops.
Bake in 375 oven for 45 minutes
Place bacon on cookie sheet covered  with non stick foil
Spread pepper jelly on each slice
Place bacon into cold oven and turn set heat to 400
Bake for 20 minutes
Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoon olive oil and add garlic
When butter begins to bubble and brown remove garlic and add bread
Sauté bread turning constantly until toasted
Slice bacon very thin
Serve the soup topped with the croutons,  Parmesan and bacon

Ingredients for the Lemon Espresso Martinis 2 martinis
2 tablespoons lemon syrup
2 shots vodka
2 shots cold strong espresso
2 slices lemon rind
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ice

Rub rim of martini glass with lemon rind and dip in sugar
Combine ice, vodka, lemon syrup and espresso in martini shaker
Shake vigorously
Pour into martini glasses and serve with lemon rind
Lemon Syrup:
2 lemons cut in half around the center
3 cups water
1 cup sugar

In a medium sauce pan cover lemon with water and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 45 minutes then remove lemons from water and cool
Scrape out fruit, pulp and pith; toss away
Combine water, sugar and lemons in sauce pan and simmer until translucent, about 35-40 minutes
Use the rind for martinis and vinaigrette dressing and the syrup for iced tea and martinis

Plastic spiders
Ice cube tray
Place one spider in each ice cube compartment
Fill with water and freeze
Fill glasses with lemonade and drop in one or two spider cubes


  1. Hi KC my dear, you are looking better than ever I must say. So glad you are still making your videos. Do you have a camera crew over there, you are looking so professional. Hope you have a wonderful Halloween.

    1. Awe Gina you make me blush! Happy Halloween to you too! Small crew who eat well so hopefully they stay happy!